I have seen multiple references to this character, mainly in cartoons.

What movie is this character originally from?

The character is a paranoid, sleep deprived old man with long hair and long nails who's constantly watching the surveillance camera.

I have seen a reference to him on The Simpsons, which looked like this:

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This is usually artistic license in the depiction of someone with a severe phobia of germs. In the particular case where the individual in question is very rich, as with Mr. Burns in The Simpsons, it is almost certainly based on Howard Hughes rather than on any movie.

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    In fact the plane model that Burns develops in this episode consolidates the Howard Hughes reference even further.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 11, 2013 at 16:55
  • And even further than in "Springfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" in "Midnight Rx". Aug 11, 2013 at 18:05
  • @Tom - where I live, "license" is a always verb, and "licence" may be either a noun or a verb. Aug 12, 2013 at 23:39
  • Never seen it spelled that way (neither as noun nor verb.) But if you believe the edit is erroneous, roll it back or re-edit it.
    – Tom
    Aug 13, 2013 at 7:31
  • I'm bilingual - I can live with the American English spelling. Aug 13, 2013 at 13:01

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